Upper Gallery & Courtyard

The Upper Gallery of the Ducal Palace functions as an entrance to the main chambers of the Museum, connecting the Banqueting Hall, the Chapel and the Great Hall.

This is an excellent place to notice some of the thirty-nine chimneys, which are connected to most, but not all, of the fireplaces inside the Palace, which demonstrate how, in the 15th century, the Palace was kept warm and comfortable even on cold and wet days.

From the Upper Gallery it is also possible to appreciate the steep inclination of the roof, which corresponds, in the interior, to the magnificent ceilings shaped as inverted boats, in line with contemporary 15th century designs in north European Countries.

By looking down, it is also possible to observe the arches of the lower Courtyard and appreciate the inherent beauty of combining stone with the ceramic materials used for of the roof, the chimneys, and the wooden doors and ceilings.

The courtyard in the 15th century

The various chambers in the Ducal Palace were structured around the courtyard. But in the 15th century there a footbridge that crossed over the courtyard in order to connect the chapel (east wing) to the front part of the Palace (west wing).

This bridge – which was destroyed in the 1st half of the 19th century – leads to the belief, by comparison to other Palaces of the same period, that there was a loggia (a covered exterior gallery) in the front part of the Palace.